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The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke: "Crops-Hunter Safety-Old Geezers-The Word Needs"

Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and all readers of The Quill. I'm a hope'n the month of May is off ta a good start fer all.

Many of our neighbors, but not quite all, have completed their corn planting and have a good start on the soybeans. Ever one reports the ground have'n worked up quite well, except fer those that rushed it early on and have too many clods now ta contend with.

As ya drive around the countryside ya can find a number of fields with the corn up enough ta easily row it. Those with timber soil were glad ta get the seedlings out of the ground before a hard beat'n rain would turn the surface crust ta concrete. We've all fought them battles at one time or another.

Well, the Mrs. and I got all of our windowsill flower pots planted with lots of annual flowers. A goodly lot of em was various kinds of petunias, but not all. They will brighten up the summer with sight and smell as we move along into warmer weather.

Those of youn's with home orchards, it is time fer the first spray'n when about three fourths of the pedals have fall'en off. Be think'n ahead fer that delicious fruit as we move along in the season. I'm a oil'n up my old cider press already and make'n sure we's got us an adequate supply of fruit jars and pie tins. It already has the maken's of a good fruit year.

As I write this, we are in need of a good rain shower. They are a call'n fer it the next several days along with warm weather. That oughta get the seeds a popp'n out of the ground.

I notice a lot of young goslings has already hatched out along with a nest of red tail hawks in a tree nearby. Spring shore is a marvelous time of the year.

Last weekend there was a gun/hunter safety class held in the area fer young folk ta qualify ta get a license ta hunt. One of the boys took some grandchillen and stayed ta listen in himself. Even an ole duffer like Jimmy Bob who has hunted fer over sixty years could learn a few things.

He said, "The class was good, the teacher dedicated and yes I learned a lot!"

Da game warden came ta speak to them as well, he said. He was good and Jimmy Bob was glad ta be able ta attend.

Jimmy Bob especially liked their emphasis on safety.

Ever one in the class passed the test at the end of the session (10 hours) and received their permits (or should I say certification).

Jimmy Bob treated the young'ns ta an ice cream treat as a reward and bought their first hunt'n license as well as give'n them a properly colored hunt'n vest. Jimmy Bob was really proud of his grandchill'n. Wouldn't you be?

Well, I spect it's time fer a good farmer bit of humor, so here it goes:

An old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: Dr. Geezer's clinic. "Get your treatment for $500, if not cured get back $1,000."

Doctor "Young" who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.

So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.

This is what transpired.

Dr. Young: ---"Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth, Can you please help me?"

Dr. Geezer --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

Dr. Young --- Aaagh!! -- This is gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr. Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

De. Geezer: "Nurse, bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Dr. Young: "Oh no you don't, -- that is gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak -- I can hardly see!!!"

Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so -- Here's your $1000 back."

Dr. Young: "But this is only $500.."

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your vision back! That will be $500."

Moral of story -- Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old "Geezer"!!!

With that I will leave ya with one final thought:

The World

Needs People Like That:

The World Needs People

Who cannot be bought;

Whose word is their bond;

Who put character above wealth;

Who possess opinions and a will;

Who are larger than their vocations;

Who do not hesitate to take chances;

Who will not lose their individuality in a crowd;

Who will be as honest in small things as in great things;

Who will make no compromise with wrong;

Whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires;

Who will not say, they're do it "because everybody else does it;"

Who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as prosperity;

Who do not believe that shrewdness, cunning and hardheadedness are the best qualities for winning success;

Who are ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular;

Who can say "no" with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says "yes".

Keep in mind that next weekend holds the day set aside fer us all to honor ur mothers (Mother's Day).

Mother's Day is observed the second Sunday in May and it is thought of as a time to honor mothers, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, motherhood and women folk in general for their contribution ta family and society.

The United States was the first nation to found Mother's Day however, the holiday is now adopted by other countries and it is now celebrated all over da world.

Happy Mother's Day ta ever one who it applies to.

A note of importance!

Be on the lookout fer persons knocking on doors pretending ta be lost. If'n no one is home, these persons then break into and burglarize the home. This activity is occur'n in the region.

If a person knocks on your door and pretends ta be lost, or ya see strangers at your neighbors door, get a license plate and call 911 immediately.

Do not let the persons inside your home for any reason and do not attempt ta detain them.

Report any suspicious activity to the sheriff's office.

Hope'n ta see youn's in church this week.

Enjoy life and bring a smile ta some one in need.

Especially remember that special person who has been mothering you, all your life.

Where ever ya is, what ever ya be a do'n "BE A GOOD ONE!"

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke